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Special Guest Artist
Jaquay Pearce

Jaquay (juh-kway) Pearce was first introduced to the violin at age 7, as a student in her elementary school’s strings program, and has continued training and performing since age 16. As a solo artist, Jaquay loves to perform classical crossover selections branching into genres such as pop, rock, and R&B. She has performed for several music/art festivals such a Fringe!, and Jingle Eve, as well as corporate conventions and fashion shows. Jaquay performs with several bands and singer-songwriters such as, EmiSunshine & The Rain, Crystal Bowersox (runner-up on American Idol) and Porter & Sayles (contestants on the Voice). Jaquay became a member of the string quartet Violectric in January 2017. 

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Sairi Witherspoon

Clare

Sairi Witherspoon is a 15-year-old high school freshman who has attended Avalon Dance Company for the last nine years. She trains in all forms of dance, but especially enjoys jazz, contemporary, and musical theater. In 2022, Sairi recognized as an exceptional dancer by Heat Force and awarded a Dance Scholarship. Sairi plans to pursue a dance degree as part of her academic journey. She is excited to be a part of the 2023 production of Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker. 

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Christian Patterson

Chocolate Nutcracker Prince

Christian Patterson is a 17-year old dancer from Orlando FL. He started dancing 4 years ago at the age of 14 and since then he has worked in jobs for dance and choreographed many different pieces. This is his first year as the Chocolate Nutcracker Prince with Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker. He tells the world,  "you can do anything you put your mind to," which explains why he is determined, passionate, and consistent. In the future, he plans on getting a college education after school to further his success.

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Sa'NAA NATALIA BRAHIMI

Snow Queen

Sa'Naa Natalia Brahimi is a 16-year-old Orlando native. This is her third season with Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker as the Snow Queen. She has received her training  from Avalon Dance for more than a decade and has attended the Joffrey ballet summer intensive. She is recognized as a regional and national Platinum award winning dancer in both jazz and contemporary technique.  This Sa'Naa's third year as the Snow Queen.

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cHARISMA TRAN

Sugar Plum Fairy &

Y.E.S.S. Orlando Young Lions Drummer and Soloist

Charisma is a high school sophomore and a competitive dancer at Shooting Stars School of Performing Arts. She is also the drummer and marketing director of Y.E.S.S. Orlando Young Lions. Outside of dance, Charisma enjoys acting, modeling and volunteering. In 2021, she made her debut in four episodes of a TLC Reality Show and modeled for New York Fashion Week. In addition, Charisma is a volunteer for Teens Go Green Global, Orlando Union Rescue Mission and Give Kids the World.  This will be the third year that Charisma and Y.E.S.S. will perform in Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker.

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Mahkari "Kari" Lozell

The Mouse King

Mahkari "Kari" Lozell - The Mouse King - is an outgoing, loving kid. At age 4, he fell in love with African dance as a student at the Orlando School of Cultural Dance. He continued to dance in several shows including NuLook's summer show where he was introduced to various other dance styles including Hip Hop, Ballet and Caribbean dance. This is Kari's sixth year in Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker.

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Larkyn Scott

Clare's sister Larkyn

Larkyn Scott is 9 years old and has been dancing with Avalon Dance for 3 years. She trains in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop. In the past 2 dance seasons Larkyn has been awarded over 10 scholarships, 2 traveling dance team invitations and 1st place in every category.

Ezra Ben Kaniyah

Drummer

Ezra Ben Kaniyah was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He has 20+ years of drumming experience under the leadership of Sunshine Lee, Weesie Braimah, Atur Eleeahsah, Asaur Owens, & Caph Geui.  This is Ezra's third season with Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker.

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Jones High SChool Alumni & Community Band

Orchestra

The Jones High School Alumni & Community Band will perform in the 2024 production of Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker.  We are delighted to welcome them for a second consecutive year. 

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